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Spokin' Word, January 2019


Serving Chicago’s Southland

Fos Welcomes New Members

Pamela Castellanos    Mokena, IL

Sandi Fitzpatrick         Mokena, IL

Audrey Hanchar          Griffith, IN

Stephanie Martin         Crestwood, IL

Dorothy ONeil              Frankfort, IL

Upcomming Events

Thursday January 24th
LIFE TIME Fitness Educational Center
7:30 PM

April 14, 2019 Folks on Spokes Easter Ride News

This year’s 38th Annual Easter Ride, taking place for the first time in Frankfort, has taken wings with details and arrangements well underway. Sign-ups will be taken on line or in person at Brent’s Plank Road Cyclery day of ride. Look for Ride Illinois “keeper” magazine which will advertise the Easter Ride, as well as other invitational rides in Illinois. Local bike shops will also have brochures available.  Registration opens at 7:30 am and closes at 10:00 am. Early sign-ups are advised to help eliminate lines and waiting.  All routes start and end in Historic Downtown Frankfort at Breidert Green Park. Routes will go to the Monee Reservoir first and from there you will have two optional 19 mile loops (in and out of the Monee Reservoir) before returning back to Breidert Green Park, one loop going to Peotone and the other loop going to University Park. We call this 3 tier early spring ride our Metric Century (100 Kilometers). By strong demand Bob Rapacki will provide music at the Monee Reservoir.

If cyclists choose to stay off the more traveled roads and ride a shorter distance, there is a 13 mile trail route to Barrens Shelter next to Schmuhl School Museum. The New Lenox Historical Society will open the school so riders can tour during the Easter Ride. There will also be an optional 3-mile loop at Brightway where riders can come off/on the trail and ride through a quiet subdivision before returning to Breidert Green by trail.

Our traditional egg salad sandwiches, cookies, and much more will be available at the Monee Reservoir and Barrens Shelter rest stops. One of our sponsors, Trails Edge, and possibly a few other establishment neighboring Breidert Green will offer Folks On Spokes Easter Ride participants food discounts after the ride.

Once again the Easter Ride tradition is depending on your delicious, homemade cookies and helping hands. Best wishes for a safe ride, beautiful day, and a great time for all.

Only three more months to go until the Easter Ride!

FOS Easter Ride Chair,                                                                                     
Chris Oldanie
815 320-3735

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SOCIALS for 2019

NOTE-on January 12 there were 14 members plus guests that attended the Village of Frankfort Annual Ice Fest. I felt it was excellent and plan to post it for 2020-it is part of their Winter on the Green with more events scheduled-it is worth checking out.

Upcoming Socials

January 30--Art Institute of Chicago-111 s Michigan, free day for Illinois residents-meet there, anyone taking the metra from 211 th in Matteson welcome to park at my house and take the train from here
February 8-Field Museum-Brewing up Chicago Beer Exhibit-Lake Shore Drive, free for Illiniois residents-anyone taking the metra from 211th in Matteson welcome to park at my house and take the train from here
February 12th-PRE VALENTINE SOCIAL-Trails Edge in Frankfort-start time 7:30, free appitizers 8pm, those attending buy their own drinks. Significant other welcome. This is our 3rd social there, and this year we are meeting in the newly renovated downstairs room-elevator available, This room is perfect for this event, but last year upstairs and the year before on the main level all worked great as well. They are one of our sponsers and they help to make our evening special
March 10----YES-we are marching again!!! Tinley Park Irish Parade-we sent in our entry-last year we carried our banner and had the greatest costumes and a great turn out that was so much fun-start thinking of GREEN
March 28------Actually this is our meeting, but I am giving early notice that we are very fortunate to have one of our own members, Jay Readey, give a presentation on the OUTERBELT project that he is very involved in-it is a Chicago outerbelt trail for hiking in the process and I hope you can all make special plans to attend this presentation
March 31--3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast Ferns house--1st year sunny and warm, 2nd year rain and cold-both years about 30 attended for pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, egg bake plus-good time to visit and also catch up for the upcoming EASTER RIDE 2 weeks away
This is not really a social but yet it is a fun time to work and socialize with our own and others for the FOS EASTER RIDE-please mark your calenders and sign up to help with our event on APRIL 14th. Thank you Chris for stepping up and doing a great job planning this event
July 21-Annual ICE CREAM SOCIAL-Gazebo in Praire Park in Frankfort
Sept 22-Annual Picnic-Hickory Creek Presserves LaPorte Road access, Mokena, catered picnic, food at 1pm
October 27-Annual End of Season Bike, Hike, Potluck-Goodenow Grove, Beecher, family welcome plus some other bike clubs invited as well-bring a dish to share, paper goods and drinks provided-eat at 1pm
November 21-Annual Pizza Party, Aurellios in Frankfort-6:30, pizza 7pm with a short meeting
I wish to invite any of our members who wish to post an event/social for others to join them please feel welcome to do so-suggestions are welcome and new ideas as well
I also must mention with appreciation, the following who have been so very helpful in various ways--April and Bruce Haffner, Andrea Edington, Maria Lynch, Lois Jacob , Chuck Vasile, Jim Barnish, and also so many of our members who pitch in and help at our events. Because of all the help and support it makes it so much more workable. Thank you very much.
Any questions please feel free to contact Fern at 708 747 7557 or e mail
Front row: Fern Bienias, Sally Kleinschmidt, and Tony Loukota. Back row: Chuck Vasile, Chris Odanie, Ronald Ellens, and Dick Chisholm. Missing is Jim Tomaszewski and Bill Lang.
Pictures from the Frankfort Winter on the Green social event on Jan.12

There was a large turnout of club members for the ice fest.
Joan and Dieter Dietrich, Carol O'Brien, Janae Hunziker, Conrad Brower, Ron ellens, fern, Chuck Vasile, Rick Deering, Lee Chung, Dan Rumishek and some others. Many stayed for lunch afterwards at a local business.

The free event provided hot chocolate and cookies. There was a bonfire to stay warm and many ice sculptures already on display. We saw the artist turn the 300 pound block of ice into a snowflake design in about 25 minutes. The first snow in weeks added to the beauty.

Chuck Vasile

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